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Ron Obvious

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Name: Ron
Gender: Male
Home country: Middle Earth
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 10:37 PM
Number of posts: 6,065

About Me

I got the nickname Ron Obvious because -- in addition to being a huge Python fan -- my name really is Ron and I used to start sentences with \"Obviously\" a lot. Obviously, that\'s no longer a problem.

Journal Archives

How the heck do I cancel Avast anti-virus autorenew?

My wife got suckered into a subscription for Avast while staying at a hotel a few months ago. By default, it keeps auto-renewing even though she's not using it. Trying to turn off auto-renew, you enter purchasing info, press "manage account", and sure enough, there's an on/off radio button for auto-renew. Clicking on "Off", you get an "Are you sure?" window in which you can't actually select anything. Here's the thing: every time you select "Off", you get that window WITH NO WAY OF ACTUALLY SELECTING "OFF"!

This strikes me as straightforward consumer fraud, but, short of telling our bank to cancel the payment, how do I actually turn off auto-renew?

Google is no help. The first x returns all point to avast, and then there's a youtube video in which somebody simply selects Off and everything works. Well, I can't seem to manage it.

Hints? Thanks in advance.

Giant inflatable Snoopies and Micky Mice kill my Christmas spirit

And they're going up all over the neighbourhood today. Bah, I hate that commercial kitsch. I suppose that makes me a curmudgeon.

Hilarious Amazon Review: Veet -- the Men's Hair Removal Gel Creme (from hell) . .

After having been told my danglies looked like an elderly rastafarian I decided to take the plunge and buy some of this as previous shaving attempts had only been mildly successful and I nearly put my back out trying to reach the more difficult bits.

Being a bit of a romantic I thought I would do the deed on the missus's birthday as a bit of a treat.I ordered it well in advance and working in the North sea I considered myself a bit above some of the characters writing the previous reviews and wrote them off as soft office types...oh my fellow sufferers how wrong I was.

I waited until the other half was tucked up in bed and after giving some vague hints about a special surprise I went down to the bathroom. Initially all went well and I applied the gel and stood waiting for something to happen. I didn't have long to wait.

At first there was a gentle warmth which in a matter of seconds was replaced by an intense burning and a feeling I can only describe as like being given a barbed wire wedgie by two people intent on hitting the ceiling with my head.

Read more (It gets better...): https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R3GDDEL1SC1QQ5

I can't remember the last time I laughed this hard...

Karl Sims - Evolved Virtual Creatures, Evolution Simulation, 1994

This video shows results from a research project involving simulated Darwinian evolutions of virtual block creatures. A population of several hundred creatures is created within a supercomputer, and each creature is tested for their ability to perform a given task, such the ability to swim in a simulated water environment. Those that are most successful survive, and their virtual genes containing coded instructions for their growth, are copied, combined, and mutated to make offspring for a new population. The new creatures are again tested, and some may be improvements on their parents. As this cycle of variation and selection continues, creatures with more and more successful behaviors can emerge.

Damn! Amazon just mailed me to tell me the eclipse glasses I ordered are no good.

It isn't the first time I've ordered suspected counterfeit items from Amazon either. There's a pair of LG headsets which gave up the ghost after just a few months, and the $13 shampoo I ordered feels awfully watery compared to the $50 "identical" one I get at the hairdressers.

I'll give Amazon credit for doing the right thing and warning me to not use them, but they really have to be more careful about their sources.

What kind of person do you picture when that person is described as "a hoot"?

I don't know why, but whenever someone tells me that some unknown person X is a hoot, I picture that person as an obese drunk.

I think it's supposed to mean that that person is funny and outrageous, and maybe there's considerable overlap between those categories, but there it is.

There's bird outside my window singing the first 4 notes of Carmina Burana...

Cheep CHEEP cheep-cheep
Cheep CHEEP cheep-cheep
Cheep CHEEP cheep-cheep

Over and over again. He seems to have got stuck and he's driving me nuts!

C'mon you bastard, finish! Cheep cheep cheep cheeeep CHEEEP cheep-cheep-cheep! You can do it!

Do it or I'll set the cat on you!

I'm sharing this just in case you thought I didn't have any problems in retirement.

"Those Were the Days" in the original Russian

As heard on NPR's Says You earlier this evening: the original Russian version of the classic song "Those Were the Days".

I never knew that this was originally a Russian song (the lyrics are quite different) but now that I do know, I can't believe that I didn't pick up on that before. It sounds so very typically Russian.

Bovines are cows, canines are dogs, equines horses, etc. Do you know the species name for donkeys?

Think about it...

Give up?

It's asinine!

Isn't that great? I don't know why I never knew that before as I studied the Latin in school, but I find that utterly delightful.

Or was I the only one who didn't know that?

Shaved Pussies

Waynesboro Police Investigating Cases of Pet Cats Being Shaved

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) - Police are investigating reports of cats being shaved without their owners' consent.

The Waynesboro Police Department says it has received complaints from multiple neighbors in the Tree Streets Inn area of pet cats being shaved in their underbelly and/or groin area.

Police say they initially suspected proactive citizens were taking the animals to get spayed or neutered, but that theory was disproved when the same cats were shaved multiple times.

Authorities tell NBC29 that these cats are not feral, are well-kept and well-groomed, wear collars, and are clearly pets.

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